Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Today's English lesson

From Common Errors in English:

Ellie Mae, git that elephant
outta the ce-ment pond!

People in the building trades distinguish cement (the gray powder that comes in bags) from concrete (the combination of cement, water, sand, and gravel which becomes hard enough in your driveway to drive your car on). In contexts where technical precision matters, it's probably better to speak of a "concrete sidewalk" rather than of a "cement sidewalk."

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